Some good news about DBAs

The recent Court of Appeal judgment in Zuberi v Lexlaw Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 16 has gone some way to clarifying the rules relating to Damages Based Agreements (DBAs). It is fair to say that there has been an extremely limited uptake of DBAs as a litigation funding option since the current rules were introduced…

Can lawyers be paid when acting for themselves?

The recent case of JMH v CFH and SAP revisits the issue of recovery of costs where a solicitor acts for themselves through their own firm. The question goes back as far as London Scottish Benefit Society v Chorley [1884] 13 QBD 872 in which solicitors acted for themselves. The Court of Appeal held that…

Belsner v Cam Legal Services – action needed

This High Court judgment from 16th October 2016 has wide reacting implications for solicitors acting for victims of straightforward road traffic accidents. Since 2013 Solicitors have no longer been able to claim success fees from the other side. These fees and other non-recoverable items have been charged on a solicitor/client basis and have been deducted…

New Rule on revising budgets –

Firms need to be aware of the new rules of costs budgeting that have come into effect from 1st October 2020. The revised Rule 3.15A says – 3.15A.—(1) A party (“the revising party”) must revise its budgeted costs upwards or downwards if significant developments in the litigation warrant such revisions. (2) Any budgets revised in…

Success fees Part 2

This is the next post in our series covering success fees and how firms can charge realistic amounts for their work and avoid the ever growing ‘check my legal fees’ industry. In the last blog we went back to the very basics of what success fees are. In this post we are looking at the…